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Liberia records 37 cases of violence against children in first quarter

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Liberia’s Deputy Gender Minister for Children and Social Protection, Lydia M Sherman, has disclosed that 37 cases of violence against children have been recorded in the first quarter of 2019.

Speaking on Wednesday, 12 June 2019, at the celebration of the World Day Against Child Labour in Monrovia, Minister Sherman stated that the 37 cases include simple assault, child conflicts, abandonment, and rape. This was recorded by the Juvenile Unit at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP).

She explained that 17 of the 37 cases were meted out against females, while 20 were committed against males with ages ranging from two weeks to 17 years.

The MoGCSP official indicated that the 2012 UNICEF statistics shows that child labour still remains alarming in Liberia, putting the societal ill at 20.8 percent, noting that more needs to be done to address the issue.

According to Madam Sherman, in urban areas, children are seen selling in the streets, while those that reside in the rural areas are engaged in undue agriculture, fishing and mining activities in hazardous environments.

“Our girl children are also employed in homes to do domestic work, which put them at risk of physical and sexual harassment,” Sherman noted.

Meanwhile, Madam Sherman has disclosed that about 39.2 percent of Liberian children around the age range of 15-17 years have experienced physical violence.

At the same time, the MOGCSP official indicated that 3 323 Liberian children lost one or both parents or primary caregivers due to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, according to the Ministry of Health and UNICEF reports.

Sherman revealed that the Ministry and the Government at large is doing everything possible to ensure that measures are put in place to remedy the situation.

“Today, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to this cause by joining the Ministry of Labour and other partners in the celebration of the “World Day Against Child Labour,” she pointed out adding, “We recognize that a future without child labour is a way to genuinely highlight the plight of children victimized by the harsh conditions of child labour.”

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